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/ac·ci·den·tal/ (ak″sĭ-den´t'l)
1. occurring by chance, unexpectedly, or unintentionally.
2. nonessential; not innate or intrinsic.


adjective Unexpected; by chance


(ak'si-dent) [L. accidere, to happen]
1. An unforeseen, unfortunate occurrence.
2. An unexpected complication of a disease or treatment.. accidental (-den'tal), adjective; accidentally

cerebrovascular accident

Abbreviation: CVA

radiation accident

Undesired excessive exposure to ionizing radiation.
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Now, was this distortion, this capacity for a perverted way of viewing things, a special or accidental case, or is such a general rule?
We both said it was a matter to be proud of; but this clumsy defence that Evgenie mentions, this strange argument CAN, of course, only be an accidental case --one in a thousand
And all that dysentery, you know, that's all rot, just like the accidental drownings," Bertie continued.
Jacobs, "there's altogether too many accidental drownings anyway.
All he knew was that the two men got very drunk and argued eloquently and at length as to whether the exploded nigger should be reported as a case of dysentery or as an accidental drowning.
With respect to this latter case of correlation, I think it can hardly be accidental, that if we pick out the two orders of mammalia which are most abnormal in their dermal coverings, viz.
Brothers presents all the accidentals that occur in the sources of the piece, so that his edition has more sharps than any single source.
The fourth chapter suggests that the tradition of "beautiful use" of discursive accidentals ended in the middle of the fifteenth century, coinciding with the beginning of "a more seriously considered modal theory of polyphony" (p.
This section provides, in essence, an abridged critical report containing descriptions of the most important variants, along with discussion of those editorial accidentals most likely to concern performers.
The Accidental Sisterhood Progressive Plan,'' written by Dr.
Raymond Bologna, a urologist specializing in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and co-author of The Accidental Sisterhood.